Google has new AR glasses in development

Google was expected to be developing AR glassesand the company actually announced a prototype pair of glasses it’s developing at this year’s show. Google I/O Conference.

The glasses look focused on useful functions, such as language translation. Google acquires smart glasses maker North in 2020and his work with Google Glass pioneered smart glasses nearly a decade ago.


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Google’s mockery of its glasses was brief, but the company’s continued advances in AR tools through its phones, search and lens look ready to wear your glasses too. But there’s no clear indicator of when these glasses might be available to buy.

Google has been active in VR and AR for years. Although no company has smart glasses everyday in regular use, it looks like Google is going to try again.

One of the most exciting parts of their new eyewear initiative is the focus on utility. The ability to be understood, or to understand, is really useful. These glasses are not focused on floating dinosaurs or magical experiences; they are trying to help. Meta’s recent smart glass ambitions also point to utility, but Google’s experience and tools seem up to the challenge.

As Google CEO Sundar Pichai points out in a blog post, these prototype glasses focus on providing a line-of-sight language experience. Google’s work with AR is likely to be incremental, but it also seems like it’s trying to get services first. In that sense, these glasses already seem very different from the most magical VR headsets out there. Dream it was. In many ways, it seems like the kind of thing I’ve always hoped Google Glass would do one day.

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